Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Engineering For Change

Engineering for Change (E4C) -- a joint initiative founded by ASME, IEEE, and Engineers Without Borders-USA -- reached a milestone this past May when its 10,000th member registered for the social network.  The E4C network began in 2011 and at the time of this writing had 11215 active members (per E4C's home page).

By registering on the website (registration is free), engineers, scientists, and other technology-related professionals can discuss and assist with projects affecting the developing world.  With the recent approval by ASME's Board of Governors to support the 2012 operations of E4C with a $250,000 contribution -- matching IEEE's $250,000 funding for 2012 -- E4C should be around long enough to connect even more able-minded Samaritans.

Personally, I have always been interested in the miracles Doctors Without Borders and Engineers Without Borders have been able to accomplish.  But, traveling and putting boots on the ground in those developing areas have not reached the top of my capabilities.  Membership with E4C provides a link for those who want to help, but can't physically participate at this time.

If you have an altruistic nature, have great ideas that could aid people in developing areas, or want to educate yourself by expanding your understanding of the world around you, I recommend signing up for the free membership at Engineering for Change and see if there is an area where you can help.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

FE Exams Soon & How You Can Help

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I am blessed to have an intern working for me during his senior year.  The energy and enthusiasm of a soon-to-be grad makes for a refreshing office environment.

In return, I feel my duty requires me to be a good mentor to him.  One of those duties includes informing him of the upcoming FE examination on October 27th (the 26th for PE exams) as well as providing suitable study materials.

Let's say you already took, and passed, the FE and PE exams but love test taking so much that you want to do it again.  Well, now's your chance!  NCEES is seeking volunteers to participate in a standard-setting study for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam.  Don't worry, you have time to study before taking the exam.  Volunteers who qualify will be administered the computer-based exam September 14 and 15, 2014 in Atlanta (travel and lodging reimbursed by NCEES).

If you are interested in reviewing and rating exam questions for future FE exams, contact Dave Soukup - Managing Director, Governance at

Original article from July 2012 issue of ASME ME Magazine, page 62.